Earlier this year, SpaceX announced intentions to launch the Falcon Heavy, slated to be the most powerful operational rocket on the planet, before the close of 2017. Even at the time, they admitted the goal was a lofty one: the rocket itself has proven incredibly difficult to produce, due in large part to the massive amount of power it needs to harness, and modifications that needed to be completed to the launch facility that weren’t expected to be done until mid-December. As a result, few were particularly surprised by the announcement that the launch would be postponed until early 2018… but meeting expectations has never been grandiose enough for the company helmed by Tesla founder Elon Musk.
In a tweet posted by Musk himself late last week, he announced the inaugural launch of the Falcon Heavy. This is expected to come a few weeks after the last static-engine test of the platform in December and will be carrying some particularly valuable cargo: Musk’s personal prototype, midnight red Tesla roadster.
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